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Springboard Women’s Development Programmes Conclude in Oman
"Whenever I wanted to go out I used to text my friends and relative to come with me and I only had one reason I can’t go out alone. That was my situation since my husband past away 6 years ago. Now after attending Springboard I started going out with my daughter alone and having a quality time with her. I am happier today, taking my own decisions and I have more control over my life “said, Fathiya Al Hajri springboard participant.
This was one of the stories from the sixty women who have successfully completed the Springboard programme from private and government sectors that were delivered by the 3 first Omani trainers: Lamha al Habsi and Sabah al Farsi from British Council and Dr Nada Al Ajmi from Sultan Qaboos University.
The programme was well received by the Omani women especially that it was supported by their organization as women development is in the country’s agenda. The British Council programme was conducted at the Crowne Plaza Muscat from the months of October –December 2009. Twenty five women attended the workshop from various organization including Petroleum Development Oman, Oman Sail, Ministry of Finance, Oman Research Council, Sultan Qaboos University and the British Council. The programme invited four interesting guest speakers to share their success and inspire the participants. The guest speakers were Badriya Al Siyabi, the founder of Sidab’s Women’s project, HE Dr Samira Mossa from Sultan Qaboos University, a member of State Council and the founder of the first children library in Oman, Dr Nada Al Ajmi from Sultan Qaboos University and finally a famous Omani story writer Bushra al Wahibi.
The second programme was conducted at the Sultan Qaboos University where 20 women from different departments attended the programme and the most recent one was conducted by Dr Nada al Ajimi at the Park Inn Hotel with 15 participants.
Lamha al Habsi, Projects manager and a springboard trainer says "Training the 60 women was indeed a good start and the first step towards leading Springboard in Oman. We also plan to introduce the programme for undergraduate students to help the young Omani women cope with University life and focus on a possible career. Our next step will be brining more then 100 Springboard graduate, trainer, guest speaker and whoever is interested in the programme to a very interesting networking event in March celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD)“.